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Uvaria.]               .             FLORA INDICA.                   '                 95
toro globose insidentia, sesqnipollicaria, baccuta, aromatica.   Semina 4-6, ovalia,
subcompressa, subrugosa, castanea, margine clevato cincta, triserialia.
Our specimens being in flower only, we have derived our character of the fruit
from Blame's detailed description. There are specimens in our own Indian col-
lections of a tree from the forests north of Chittagong, which, though in leaf only,
appear to belong to this species.
Sepala 3, rcstivatione valvata, lata, basi ssepc coalita. Petala 6,
rotundata, ovaiia, vcl oblongn, aest. biscrialitcr imbricautia, plauo-con-
vcxa, basi interdum plus minus coalita. Stamina iudctmita, inulti-
scrialia, plano-compvcssa, oblonga vel lineari-oblonga, antherarum lo-
culis remotis dorsalibus linearibus, connective in processum oblonguni
subfoliaceum vel truncalum et abbreviatum producto. Toms parum
clevatus, truncatus, pubescens, inter ovaria sscpe dense tonientosus.
Ovaria iudefimta, recta, lineari-oblonga, augulata, iutus sulcata, pu-
bescentia, stylo continuo apice truncate, marginibus involutis, succum
gelatinosum effudcnte coronata; ovula indefmita, biserialia, Carjtella
polysperma, forma valde varia, interdum abortu meio- vel monosperma,
óJrutices scandentes vel saltern sarwenloni, pube vel tomento siellato,
infloresccntia pl&rwnque oppositifolin, rurissime axillari.
Nohvithstanding the exclusion of many species, this genus still remains a very
extensive one. The species appeal* to be all scandcut, and they are entirely confined
to the Old World, through which they arc widely distributed, from western Africa
to the Philippine Islands. Uvaria Brasiliana of Von Martius, with an arillus and
dehiscing fruit, mid stamens like those of Atwna, certainly does not belong to the
genus. It ought probably to be associated with Asimitia or forcelia, as has been
suggested by^ Asa Gray.
The principal characters of the genus Uvaria, as now limited, arc the equal petals,
imbricate iu aestivation, and the narrow, linear, cylindrical ovaries, perfectly straight,
with a very short style, which is marked at the apex with a horsc-shoe-like impres-
sion, continuous with the ventral groove of the ovary. The ovules are always nume-
rous, and ihc carpels always (except by abortion, and that not typically, but casually)
numerous, or at least scarcely definite,
Thc'genus divides itself miturally into two sections, characterized by very different
forms of stamen. In one of these, containing the majority of the species, the sta-
mens arc flattened, and the outer scries generally very thin, and sometimes barren, or
i\ ithout anthers. Iu the other, which contains U. Zeylanica, L., the original species
of the genus (to \\hicli, therefore, if division be carried further, the name must ai-
tach), the stamens are narrower and truncate at the apex. Tin's is, however, only a
question of degree, the cuter stamens, even iu this section, being terminated by a
projection of the conucctivum.
The petals arc occasionally united at the base in 17*. Narum and other species, in
which case they form a single vtrticfl, like the tubular perianth of most monocotylc-
donous plants,"though belonging to two distinct series, alternating with one another.
Sect. 1. MACRANTHI,óCbnnectwum in processum magnum sub-
foliaceum productum. AMefa loculi remoti. Stamina cxte-
riora tenuia, subfoliacea, interdum aiianthera.
1. U. purpurea (Bl Bpr. 11, M. Javae Anon. 13.1.1 ct 13 A);
foliis cuiicuto-obiongis vel oblongo-lanceolatis basi ungustotis corda-